The list of reasons visitors flock to New Orleans throughout the year is as long as the Mississippi River. The unique and vibrant culture, music, food, and history on hand 365 days a year is punctuated by huge festivals and events like Mardi Gras, the Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Voodoo Music Experience, and many more. One thing all of these events have in common is copious amounts of alcohol. Nothing wrong with that. But if you are visiting the Crescent City, have one too many drinks, and get behind the wheel of a car, your trip to New Orleans could include a stop in jail and consequences that will last long after your hangover disappears.
The Law, Police, and Prosecutors Won’t Care That You’re Just Visiting
Louisiana’s drunk driving laws make no distinction between locals and tourists, and police and prosecutors don’t care where you’re from either. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense, and if you wind hurting or killing someone as a result, your stay in Louisiana could last for years.
If you are arrested and charged with DUI/DWI while visiting New Orleans, it can be a frightening experience. You likely don’t know anyone in town, are not familiar with the laws or workings of our justice system, and may have no idea what to do next.
We can help.
At Bloom Legal, our experienced New Orleans DWI lawyers have been helping visitors to the NOLA area fight and resolve drunk driving charges for more than a decade. We can help guide you through the intricacies of the legal system in Louisiana and help ensure the best result possible for your case.
Not Just The French Quarter
Much of our city’s tourist industry and partying is focused on the French Quarter. But while the police vigilantly patrol the Quarter looking for drunk drivers, most folks visiting for an evening of fun are probably staying at a local hotel and don’t have a car. But if you do have a car and drive while intoxicated, police will find you well beyond Bourbon Street.
The city police department and the police departments of surrounding parishes conduct sobriety checkpoints to make sure that those driving on Louisiana roads are not intoxicated. Furthermore, if a driver displays suspicious behavior, a police officer might have probable cause to pull them over on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The areas of the East Bank, including Metairie, River Ridge, Elmwood, Jefferson and Kenner, as well as the areas of the West Bank, including Avondale, Bridge City, Westwego, Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, Terrytown, Estelle, Timberlane and Woodmere are heavily policed by law enforcement for drivers under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. An arrest for DUI/DWI in these locations, as well as in the Northshore and River Parish areas, carry the same penalties in the eyes of the law.
Arrested for Drunk Driving While Visiting New Orleans? Call Bloom Legal Today
No matter where you are from, if you are arrested for driving under the influence you should have access to an experienced legal team immediately. The DWI lawyers at Bloom Legal are available at any time, every single day. Whether you are a visitor or resident, if you have been charged with a drunk driving in New Orleans or anywhere else in Louisiana, call Bloom Legal as soon as possible at 504-599-9997 or contact us online now.
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